Melbourne Victory’s Brazilian magician Gui Finkler had been a footballing nomad until his move to Australia. Now he’s arguably in career best form with a club shooting for an unprecedented treble.
The 30-year-old attacking midfielder from Southern Brazil netted two goals in Victory’s 2-1 win over Central Coast last week.
However, Finkler argued his form throughout the opening seven rounds of this season has been strong, with last week’s brace the trigger to attract headlines.
Finkler is in his fourth season at Victory now, having jumped from one Brazilian club to the next in his early 20s, where he never amassed more than 20 appearances at one of his numerous sides.
He also had spells in England with Wolverhampton and Belgium with Mouscron, but Melbourne is where he’s found his feet.
“It’s been one of the greatest moments of my career, I’d say yes,” Finkler told FourFourTwo when asked if he was in career-best form
“But things change so quickly. I just want to keep doing really well here.
“It’s been really good at Victory, I feel home already.
“It’s been a great past three years. Hopefully we can win some more trophies.”
Victory might not have been so lucky with Finkler who suffered a long-term knee injury in his first year at the club which left him pondering his future.
He stayed, returned to fitness, albeit usually as a substitute in the 2013-14, before an outstanding 2014-15 campaign as Victory did the double.
With the stability of a familiar club, Finkler’s form this term has been strong again, with three goals, and a hand in many more.
“When you score, people start talking about you more,” Finkler said. “But I felt like I’ve been playing really well since the beginning of the season.
“Now the ball’s going in, I’m happy to be on the score sheet in every game. But at the same time, I’m more than happy to see that the team is doing really well.
“It’s the fifth game we’ve won in a row. We just want to keep the momentum going.”
Maintaining the momentum and shooting for more silverware is easier said than done, but Finkler finds motivation through his love of the club.
“I think I’m blessed,” he said. “Every time we play or train I just try to enjoy myself.
“When I’m at Victory, I just want to come back, come back, come back.
“Every time I walk on the pitch I say thank you for everything.
“It’s special week-in, week-out, so motivation is easy for me.”